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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738530/prenatal-low-level-phenol-exposures-and-birth-outcomes-in-china
#1
Guodong Ding, Caifeng Wang, Angela Vinturache, Shasha Zhao, Rui Pan, Wenchao Han, Limei Chen, Weiye Wang, Tao Yuan, Yu Gao, Ying Tian
Phenolic compounds are among the endocrine disruptors which are widely used in daily life products. Studies in laboratory animals showed reproductive and developmental effects. In spite of widespread exposure to phenols, only few studies examined their effects on human development. This study was designed to investigate the relationship between antenatal phenol exposure and birth outcomes in a Chinese obstetric population. Four hundred ninety-six mother-infant pairs recruited from the Laizhou Wan prospective birth cohort in northern China between 2010 and 2013 were included in the study...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738393/estrogen-and-environmental-enrichment-differentially-affect-neurogenesis-dendritic-spine-immunolabeling-and-synaptogenesis-in-the-hippocampus-of-young-and-reproductively-senescent-female-rats
#2
Tina Sager, Michael Kashon, Kristine Krajnak
<br>Background: Studies examining the ability of estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) to enhance memory in women, and in animal models, have not produced consistent results. However, studies examining the effects of activity and exposure to novel environments consistently find enhancement of memory. METHODS: An animal model of reproductive aging was used to determine if estradiol (E2) replacement, activity, and/or exposure to an enriched environment could act synergistically to improve memory, and neural correlates of memory...
July 24, 2017: Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737761/glutamate-receptor-like-channels-are-essential-for-chemotaxis-and-reproduction-in-mosses
#3
Carlos Ortiz-Ramírez, Erwan Michard, Alexander A Simon, Daniel S C Damineli, Marcela Hernández-Coronado, Jörg D Becker, José A Feijó
Glutamate receptors are well characterized channels that mediate cell-to-cell communication during neurotransmission in animals. Nevertheless, information regarding their functional role in organisms without nervous systems is still limited. In plants, Glutamate Receptor-like (GLR) genes have been implicated in defence against pathogens, reproduction, control of stomata aperture and light signal transduction(1-5). However, the numerous GLR genes present in angiosperm genomes (20 to 70)(6) has prevented the observation of strong phenotypes in loss-of-function mutants...
July 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736964/exceptionalism-is-not-exceptional-in-relation-to-sexual-and-reproduction-mechanisms-contrasts-of-human-and-animal-sexuality
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REVIEW
Roy J Levin
Speculation that the release of oxytocin by orgasm in the human female during coitus facilitates fertility by enhancing uterine sperm transport has been criticised as having no unequivocal empirical human evidence. However, a counter claim that this supports human 'exceptionalism' as some form of uterine sperm transport occurs in other species. This is a misconception as it ignores that human uterine peristalsis, powered by contractions of the smooth muscle of the archimyometrium, facilitates sperm transport even without any systemic oxytocin involvement...
July 24, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735887/effect-of-pyrethroids-on-female-genital-system-review
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REVIEW
Elena Marettova, Milan Maretta, Jaroslav Legáth
Pyrethroids have been associated with a range of toxicological effects on various organs in animals.Recent animal studies suggest that neurodevelopmental, reproductive, and immunological effects may result following exposure to some pyrethroids at levels below those that induce overt signs of neurotoxicity. A variety of pyrethroids and their metabolites have the potential to affect the reproductive system. Dose-dependent effects on reproduction are associated with exposure across pyrethroid types. In mammals, permethrin and tetramethrin and cypermethrin have been found to be associated with adverse effects at high doses...
July 16, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735873/the-therapeutic-potential-of-purinergic-signalling
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REVIEW
Geoffrey Burnstock
This review is focused on the pathophysiology and therapeutic potential of purinergic signalling. A wide range of diseases are considered, including those of the central nervous system, skin, kidney, musculoskeletal, liver gut, lower urinary tract, cardiovascular, airways and reproductive systems, the special senses, infection, diabetes and obesity. Several purinergic drugs are already on the market, including P2Y12 receptor antagonists for stroke and thrombosis, P2Y2 receptor agonists for dry eye, A1 receptor agonists for supraventricular tachycardia...
July 20, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733237/a-critical-test-of-drosophila-anaesthetics-isoflurane-and-sevoflurane-are-benign-alternatives-to-cold-and-co2
#7
Heath A MacMillan, Mikkel Nørgård, Heidi J MacLean, Johannes Overgaard, Catherine J A Williams
Anaesthesia is often a necessary step when studying insects like the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. Most studies of Drosophila and other insects that require anaesthesia use either cold exposure or carbon dioxide exposure to induce a narcotic state. These anaesthetic methods are known to disrupt physiology and behavior with increasing exposure, and thus ample recovery time is required prior to experimentation. Here, we examine whether two halogenated ethers commonly used in vertebrate anaesthesia, isoflurane and sevoflurane, may serve as alternative means of insect anaesthesia...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733110/a-role-of-alpha-tocopherol-and-phylloquinone-in-the-modulation-of-uterine-contractility-and-reproductive-function-in-mouse-models
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Enitome E Bafor, Victory O Ebidame, Uloma B Elvis-Offiah, Osemelomen Omoruyi, Gerald I Eze, Osamwonyi Igbinuwen, Kadiri P Braimoh
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Alpha-tocopherol has been implicated in reproduction processes, and deficiency of phylloquinone has been associated with serious complications in pregnancy. This study was therefore aimed at investigating the effects of phylloquinone and alpha-tocopherol on uterine contractility and female reproductive function using mouse models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Both in vivo and ex vivo animal models were employed and designed to assess changes on uterine contractility and reproductive functions in the non-pregnant uterus...
May 30, 2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732077/mutations-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-orthologs-of-human-genes-required-for-mitochondrial-trna-modification-cause-similar-electron-transport-chain-defects-but-different-nuclear-responses
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Carmen Navarro-González, Ismaïl Moukadiri, Magda Villarroya, Ernesto López-Pascual, Simon Tuck, M-Eugenia Armengod
Several oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) diseases are caused by defects in the post-transcriptional modification of mitochondrial tRNAs (mt-tRNAs). Mutations in MTO1 or GTPBP3 impair the modification of the wobble uridine at position 5 of the pyrimidine ring and cause heart failure. Mutations in TRMU affect modification at position 2 and cause liver disease. Presently, the molecular basis of the diseases and why mutations in the different genes lead to such different clinical symptoms is poorly understood...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728401/research-trends-in-outdoor-pig-production
#10
Hyun-Suk Park, Sang Hyon Oh
Since the industrialization of swine production in the late 1900s, swine farms in the United States, as well as in Europe, have largely become consolidated. Pig farms became larger in size but fewer in number, with 91% of market pigs being produced by large operations with 5,000 or more pigs on-site in the US, and only 3% of the total utilized agricultural land representing organic farming. Such change in the market made it difficult for small farmers to stay competitive, forcing them to find alternative ways to reduce the cost of production and increase profit using the outdoor production system...
July 17, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728362/estimation-of-genetic-parameters-of-the-productive-and-reproductive-traits-in-ethiopian-holstein-using-multi-trait-models
#11
Wondossen Ayalew, Mohammed Aliy, Enyew Negussie
Objective: The objective of this study was to estimate genetic parameters for productive and reproductive traits. Methods: The data included production and reproduction records of animals that have calved between 1979 and 2013. The genetic parameters were estimated using multivariate mixed models (DMU) package, fitting univariate and multivariate mixed models with average information restricted maximum likelihood (AI-REML) algorithm. Results: The estimates of heritability for milk production traits from the first three lactation records were 0...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728138/first-trimester-urinary-bisphenol-a-concentration-in-relation-to-anogenital-distance-an-androgen-sensitive-measure-of-reproductive-development-in-infant-girls
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Emily S Barrett, Sheela Sathyanarayana, Omar Mbowe, Sally W Thurston, J Bruce Redmon, Ruby H N Nguyen, Shanna H Swan
INTRODUCTION: Evidence from animal models suggests that prenatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a ubiquitous endocrine-disrupting chemical, is associated with adverse reproductive outcomes in females. Exposure during early gestation, a critical period for reproductive development, is of particular concern. Anogenital distance (AGD) is a sensitive biomarker of the fetal hormonal milieu and a measure of reproductive toxicity in animal models. In some studies, the daughters of BPA-exposed dams have shorter AGD than controls...
July 11, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727035/genetic-analysis-of-feet-and-leg-conformation-traits-in-nelore-cattle
#13
G Vargas, H H R Neves, V Cardoso, D P Munari, R Carvalheiro
Feet and leg conformation scores are important traits in beef cattle because they encompass a wide range of locomotion disorders that can lead to productive and reproductive losses. Thus, the study of feet and legs in beef cattle is essential for evaluating possible responses to selection focusing on minimizing economic losses caused by the occurrence of feet and leg problems. The aim of this study was to estimate variance components for feet and leg conformation traits in Nelore cattle. The data set contained records of approximately 300,000 animals that were born between 2000 and 2013...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726986/board-invited-review-quantifying-water-use-in-ruminant-production
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G Legesse, K H Ominski, K A Beauchemin, S Pfister, M Martel, E J McGeough, A Y Hoekstra, R Kroebel, M R C Cordeiro, T A McAllister
The depletion of water resources, in terms of both quantity and quality, has become a major concern both locally and globally. Ruminants, in particular, are under increased public scrutiny due to their relatively high water use per unit of meat or milk produced. Estimating the water footprint of livestock production is a relatively new field of research for which methods are still evolving. This review describes the approaches used to quantify water use in ruminant production systems as well as the methodological and conceptual issues associated with each approach...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725393/water-mold-infection-but-not-paternity-induces-selective-filial-cannibalism-in-a-goby
#15
Martin Vallon, Nils Anthes, Katja U Heubel
Many animals heavily invest in parental care but still reject at least some of their offspring. Although seemingly paradoxical, selection can favor parents to neglect offspring of particularly low reproductive value, for example, because of small survival chances. We here assess whether filial cannibalism (FC), where parents routinely eat some of their own young, is selective in response to individual offspring reproductive value. We performed two independent laboratory experiments in the common goby (Pomatoschistus microps) to test whether caring fathers preferentially cannibalize eggs of a given infection history and paternity...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724485/effects-of-breeding-configuration-on-maternal-and-weanling-behavior-in-laboratory-mice
#16
Gillian C Braden, Skye Rasmussen, Sebastien Monette, Ravi J Tolwani
Although numerous studies have evaluated the effect of housing density on the wellbeing of laboratory mice, little is known about the effect of breeding configuration on mouse behavior. The 8th edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals lists the recommended minimal floor area per animal for a female mouse and her litter as 51 in.2 We sought to determine the effects of pair, trio, and harem breeding configurations on the maternal and weanling behavior of C57BL/6J (B6) and 129S6/SvEvTac (129) mice on the basis of nest scores and performance in pup retrieval tests, open-field test (OFT), elevated plus maze, and tail suspension test; we concurrently evaluated cage microenvironment, reproductive indices, and anatomic and clinical pathology...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724218/roadside-verges-as-habitats-for-endangered-lizard-orchids-himantoglossum-spp-ecological-traps-or-refuges
#17
Réka Fekete, Timea Nagy, Judit Bódis, Éva Biró, Viktor Löki, Kristóf Süveges, Attila Takács, Jácint Tökölyi, Attila Molnár V
Alterations in traditional land use practices have led to severe declines in the area of semi-natural grasslands, thereby seriously threatening plant and animal species dependent on these habitats. Small anthropogenic managed habitats, like roadsides can act as refuges and might play an important role in conserving these species. Colonization of roadside verges by endangered lizard orchids (Himantoglossum spp.) has long been known, but few studies have systematically explored the suitability of roadside habitats for these orchids and the impact of roads on them...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721614/low-doses-of-chlorpyrifos-interfere-with-spermatogenesis-of-rats-through-reduction-of-sex-hormones
#18
Dinithi Champika Peiris, Thamali Dhanushka
Use of pesticides results in indirect effects on human health. We aimed to evaluate implications of toxicological effects of subchronic chlorpyrifos exposure on reproductive function in male rats. A total of 48 adult Wistar male rats were separated into four groups (n = 12). Animals were gavaged with 2.5 mg/kg (T1), 5 mg/kg (T2), or 10 mg/kg (T3) body weight of chlorpyrifos (CPF) or distilled water (control) daily for 30 days. Organ weights, epididymal sperm parameters, DNA integrity, sex hormonal (FHS and LH) levels, and alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), and creatinine concentrations were determined on day 31...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721542/molecular-characterization-modeling-in-silico-analysis-of-equine-pituitary-gonadotropin-alpha-subunit-and-docking-interaction-studies-with-ganirelix
#19
Anuradha Bhardwaj, Varij Nayan, Parvati Sharma, Sanjay Kumar, Yash Pal, Jitender Singh
Equine pituitary gonadotropins (eLH, eFSH, eCG) are heterodimeric glycoprotein hormones with alpha (α) and beta (β) subunits. It is responsible for maintenance of pregnancy in mares during early gestation and fairly valuable for inducing superovulation in animals other than equines. The alpha subunit is common, while beta subunit is species-specific in all glycoprotein hormones. In the present investigation, molecular cloning and in silico characterization including homology modeling and molecular docking analysis of the equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) alpha subunit was carried out for gaining structural and functional insights into the eCG alpha subunit and its possible interaction with ganirelix, a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist...
December 2016: In Silico Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720859/increased-male-male-mounting-behaviour-in-desert-locusts-during-infection-with-an-entomopathogenic-fungus
#20
Lisa M Clancy, Amy L Cooper, Gareth W Griffith, Roger D Santer
Same-sex sexual behaviour occurs across diverse animal taxa, but adaptive explanations can be difficult to determine. Here we investigate male-male mounting (MMM) behaviour in female-deprived desert locust males infected with the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium acridum. Over a four-week period, infected locusts performed more MMM behaviours than healthy controls. Among infected locusts, the probability of MMM, and the duration of time spent MMM, significantly increased with the mounting locust's proximity to death...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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